Hi, Everyone! With Rene hosting the 2013 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration in Orlando, we wanted to try something a little different. We asked the moms and dads heading down to the conference May 9-12 to answer our Life Lessons questions with a Disney twist, of course. Like the GEMS they are, they took to the task. We will be running their answers in the regular Life Lessons slot. Oh, and don’t worry. You still have a chance to share. Just email Ella and she will get the information to you. Now, we present our Disney Social Media Mom of the day, Mary.
Are you happy at the moment?
Wow! That is a interesting first question. My answer is going to have to be yes & no. I am very happy that I am blessed with an amazing family and I am also starting to succeed in my professional life. There is so much more to do and I am excited about the journey. Where I am sad is that we are currently in the process of adopting and things have been slowed down significantly. Where we thought we would have our son by now it looks like it is going to be later this year or possibly 2014. So I don’t think I can be truly happy until my family is all together.
If you could go back and say anything to your 16-year-old self now – what would it be?
Good job! You are on the right track. You have a good head on your shoulders and people will look up to you. So take advantage of that now and don’t doubt yourself. And learn from those that went before you. It will save you a lot of time and aggravation in the end to not repeat their mistakes.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?
Patience and acceptance! This year has been a year where I am not in control. I have learned to trust that things will work out and in some ways they have and in some ways they haven’t. But all is not lost if I can just hold on and not give up.
What do you most want to achieve in the next 12 months?
Lol! This year keeping my sanity is my number one priority! I would like to see my family together and then on the blogging front I think I am about to have a major change. I would like to extend my reach and include other areas into the business. One example is tie in other Disney-ish bloggers that offer products/services. I think there is lots of opportunity to band together and increase all of our growth.
What’s your secret to happiness?
Scrapbooking – hence my blog. Spending nights with my friends scrapbooking allows me to relive and share family memories that remind me of what is important and what I am most grateful for.
What one ritual or practice keeps you grounded?
Getting up early. I like to get up way before everyone else does so I can evaluate my day, knock off any must dos, and figure out what I want to do with my day. If I don’t have this time then I always feel like I am catching up.
What’s your biggest regret?
This is one I am still working on. I work full-time, run a blog, design scrapbooking content, and have a family. Some days I feel like I have left my family behind and they are actually the reason I do this. So balancing work-life is still something I aspire to do.
What’s the most important lesson you’ve taught your kid(s)?
Be yourself and find something you love to do. I have a 16-year-old right now that I am trying to teach this too. He hasn’t found his thing yet, but I keep saying it is out there and when you find it work hard and just go for it. If you fail – that’s ok, but try!
What bad habit would you most like to change about yourself?
Wow, where to start. I am by no means perfect and I am definitely a work in progress. I think to start I would want to work on my obsessing about things I cannot control. I am working on that this year but I have a ways to go. The biggest issue is that if I let my obsessing take over I block out everything else and miss the best parts of life.
Aside from motherhood and marriage what are you most proud of in your life?
This is going to sound silly but it is my high school science fair project. I had a three-year project focused on rocketry. I won a Westinghouse Award, went to International Science Fair, and went to Space Academy on that project. It also introduced me to Doc Farmer, my teacher and mentor, who taught me anything is possible if you put your mind to it and aren’t afraid of hard work.
Who is your favorite Disney princess and what has she taught you about parenting?
I have all boys so princesses are very prevalent in my home. So I am straying here and saying Mrs. Jumbo (Dumbo’s mom). She has taught me a lot. She has taught me about unconditional love for my children and that there is no way to shield them from the pain that comes with growing up. All you can do is be there to help them up when they fall down and encourage them to keep going.
What ten words best describe you?
Mom, determined, stubborn, friendly, competitive, caring, loyal, introverted, inquisitive, capricious.
Mary Connor is a blogger and graphic designer specializing in Disney inspired content. She is also a wife, mother to 2+ boys, avid scrap booker, and amateur photographer. She has visited Walt Disney World numerous times and uses her love of Disney to inspire others to create and capture their memories in photo books, scrapbooks, and albums. You can find her work at her blog Capturing Magical Memories. You can also find her on Twitter @CapMagicalMem
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